Municipality holds community meeting about land invasion

Alfred Duma Local Municipality hosted a community meeting about land invasion at the Tsakane Community Hall in Steadville on Tuesday (January 10).

Members of Wards 9, 10, 21 and 27 were addressed on unlawful land invasions.

“As council, we have witnessed foreign tendencies within our jurisdiction, particularly in the surrounding areas of Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya and Umbulwane,” said the municipality.

The municipality added that land is being unlawfully allocated by certain individuals and they, as the leadership, cannot account for those who portray themselves as municipal officials deployed to allocate land.

On Monday, the Municipal Response Task Team conducted a site inspection in the affected areas.

“We are ready to embark on a community consultative educational awareness campaign aimed at informing the community on what is vacant land, municipal land, state land, private land, land invasions and evictions. During these interactions, we will also present the national policy / municipal bylaw on land,” said council.

In the mean time, the municipality will deploy law enforcement officers to monitor the affected areas until public consultations and engagement is complete.

The municipality concluded by assuring the community that they will do everything in their power to prevent the mushrooming of new informal settlements within the ambit of the law.

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